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The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a public hearing and a busy regular session on Oct. 18. The public hearing was held to consider a special events liquor permit requested by the Surface Creek Animal Shelter for a fundraising concert scheduled for Nov. 9. Bruce Joss, vice president of the shelter board, made a presentation regarding the shelter's activities and the intent of the fundraiser. He told the trustees he would make certain that volunteers dispensing drinks were aware of the town's regulations. Town administrator Greg Brinck spoke in favor of the permit. Trustees indicated their support for the work of the shelter. No one spoke in opposition. The permit was subsequently approved during the regular meeting.

During constituent time, Tony Sarver of Austin, addressed the board. He owns a commercial property in Cedaredge and a few months ago he was approached by a party who wished to open an automobile detailing business on the site. He reported to the trustees that the prospective business was discouraged by the town's requirement to obtain a conditional use permit which included a 60-day waiting period. He suggested that the town change its policy to allow the town administrator to exercise discretion so as not to discourage business development. At the close of the regular meeting, during the trustee comments period, trustee Al Smith said he hoped the town's planning and zoning commission would follow-up on Sarver's suggestion. Trustee Bob Michaels, who serves on the planning commission, and Mayor Gene Welch assured Smith that the matter will be considered.

Dottie Whitlock, who serves as board treasurer of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce, reported on chamber activities. In addition to hosting monthly "business after hours" events as mixers for chamber members, the chamber is promoting its Trick-or-Treat Trail.

Trustee and board treasurer Patti Michael reported that the town has moved most of its investment funds from a C-Safe investment pool into the town's COLOTRUST account in order to realize a higher interest rate and also obtain training and support for town staff offered by COLOTRUST. Following the transfer of funds, the town's investment pools show balances of $1.1 million in a general account and nearly $285,000 in a major street improvement fund. In addition to yielding interest, these investments are managed to ensure liquidity so that cash is available to the town as needed.

Trustee Michael also reported that the town's September sales tax receipts are up from the previous year-to-date by 5.74 percent.

Administrator Brinck informed the trustees of three financial matters which will impact the current town budget and the 2019 draft budget:

1) A total of $30,000 will be allocated from the Conservation Trust Fund to augment the golf course superintendent's labor costs.

2) An allocation of $31,122 will be spent annually from 2018 to 2020 to install Neptune water meters throughout the town. The Neptune meters can be read by radio signal cutting down on staff time required to physically locate and read older meters. Jerry Young, town co-director of public works, estimated that, when all new meters are installed, staff time and costs associated with meter reading will be reduced from three days to a single day and from as many as three employees involved to one person.

3) Funds will be expended to satisfy a contractual obligation between the town and the Grand Mesa Water Conservancy. A total payment of $8,000 -- representing a 2017 and 2018 payment of $4,000 for each year -- will be made to settle the terms of a contract which covers work at Doughty Reservoir. Once the contract is settled, the town will move from owning a half-share of Doughty water to owning a full single share.

To the extent that these financial matters impact the proposed 2019 budget, no action was required by the trustees at the Oct. 18 meeting. Instead the board will consider these and other budgetary matters as part of its continuing budgetary review that will eventually lead to a public hearing on the proposed 2019 budget which is scheduled for Nov. 29.

Public works co-director Young reported that the town is nearly finished with its water line replacement project. After hooking up water lines on several streets and avenues intersecting Highway 65, it appears that all leaks have been resolved. Young anticipates that the work will be completed in approximately two weeks. Trustee Myers suggested that barricade signs associated with the project block the view of oncoming highway traffic for vehicles exiting the Go-Fer Foods convenience store at 915 South Grand Mesa Drive. Young will investigate and adjust the sign-

age as needed.

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